95th Training Div. prepares to take over NATO Training Mission

12/05/2011  |  By Cpt. Jennifer K. Cotten 95th Training Division (IET), Public Affairs Officer
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Sgt. Mark Castrop works on his computer at the USO while awaiting transportation after completing his first phase of training at Fort Sill, Okla. Castrop was previously active duty and deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2005 as a cavalry scout with the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. He expects his deployment as a trainer to be a new experience. Photo by Capt. Jennifer K. Cotten, 95th Training Division (IET), Public Affairs Officer.

LAWTON, Okla. — The 95th will spearhead the second iteration of Army Reserve Soldiers to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) as part of the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan (NTMA).

Task Force Griffon, as it will be known, is made up of units from the 95th Training Division (IET), 412th Theater Engineer Command, 416th Theater Engineer Command, 377th Theater Support Command, 200th Military Police Command, and the Military Intelligence Readiness Command. The task force will be commanded by Col. William M. Snyder, commander, 2nd Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET).

“Soldiers recently completed their latest phase in preparation for their upcoming mission. Our SRP2 and training event were a huge success. We completed several required training tasks and received outstanding combat lifesaver training,” said Snyder.

The Task Force will travel to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for its next phase of training. “I am looking forward to working with our great group of Soldiers again at our RTC-E rotation at Fort Dix in November,” said Snyder.

While at Dix, Soldiers will receive training in Military Operations on Urban Terrain, Cultural Awareness, Combatives and many other Army tasks to prepare them for their mission training the ANSF.

Sgt. Mark Castrop, 2/413th, 2nd Brigade, 95th TD (IET), will work as an infantry instructor. He said he is looking forward to this deployment where he expects to train Afghan trainers and instructors in more effective and modernized combat tactics.

“The development of quality Afghan trainers and instructors, who are capable of leading and training their force and eventually assuming responsibility for the training base, are the essential building block for institutional self-reliance and eventual transition,” according to the vision of the NTM-A Commander, Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV.

Once all phases of pre-deployment preparation are complete, TF Griffon will assume responsibilities from TF Scorpion in Afghanistan. This magazine will follow TF Griffon throughout its training and operations phases. You can learn more about the NTM-A at its website, www.ntm-a.com

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